Beach Blog #3 San Clemente, Orange County
San Clemente beach is one of the most beautiful as well as one of the most well-known beaches in Southern California. In a recent article earlier this year, the southern California beach of San Clemente was reported to have a substantial amount of waste pollution. It ended up costing local officials $78,000 to figure out the reason and to make reparations.
San Clemente Pier was noted to be one of California’s most polluted beaches. This not only harms the city’s reputation, but this also causes worry about the city’s water regulations. High levels of bacteria have been found near and around the pier after numerous tests. High bacteria can be due to a number of reasons, but local officials point to pigeons being attracted to the pier and nesting directly on it. When hundreds of pigeons make the pier their home, their waste easily makes its way to the water directly below it. While the tests did find proof of pigeon DNA, the tests also pointed to human DNA. It is unlikely that humans our directly using the beach as a restroom. Human DNA might have travelled through nearby watershed and recycled water. Even after the city installed netting to deter pigeons from nesting, pigeons returned and the problem persisted, and bacteria levels remained high. Because no clear has been found, the city will have to spend even more to find solutions and maintain this beach as clean as possible.
Why is this important? The pier is a popular beach for locals and tourists to enjoy and its important that we do all we can in order to keep clean and safe beaches for the city’s economic prosperity. Small children and surfers swimming nearside the pier may get sick from the bacteria in the water. In addition to recreation, it is important to keep beaches clean in order to make sure that beach ecosystems have a chance to thrive. Consistent high levels of bacteria damage ecosystems and wipe out fragile species. Not to mention, this specific pier and beach are known as the city’s heart and soul and it is important to maintain a positive reputation